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Amateur Crook


Published 1937


A quickie from poverty row.


Run time 58 minutes 55 seconds
Audio/Visual sound, black & white

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Reviewer: Jonnie King - - June 16, 2011
Subject: PRIMITIVE, BUT GOOD...
Unlike the previous Post, I didn't think this was ALL that bad. Yes, it's primitive, but it's interesting to see what they could do with NO BUDGET !

I lived in California many years ago, and in the exterior shots it's very interesting to see how undeveloped some of that land was...way before I ever got there.

Too, many forget the Herman Brix/Bruce Bennett played a pivotal role in the Classic "Treasure Of Sierra Madre".

It's also interesting, if you're a car buff like myself, that you see two cool convertibles that today would be worth six-figures each: a Caddy-based LaSalle, and, a Packard ! (The LaSalle driven by the "bad guy"; The Packard driven by the girl's Father.)

Yes they could have edited-out about 5 min. of it to tighten it up, the print is only fair, the script & acting are only passable...but, I'm not sorry I watched it. And, yes, Fuzzy Knight is wasted here. But, it's a nice diversion from the "overly slick" productions that some of the Major Studios were cranking out...and even they had some quality problems in the 30's.
Reviewer: lostonthebeach - - June 16, 2011
Subject: A stinker
PRIMITIVE, BUT GOOD - no!
PRIMITIVE, BUT Bad, yes!
Just painful to watch at times.
I like early films but this is a stinker. Almost gave it 1 star.
Reviewer: picfixer - - June 15, 2011
Subject: Good movie? No. Fun? Yes!
Bad acting, impossible plot, bare-bones production values and weak direction - but if you like whacky fist fights and cheating at checkers, you'll enjoy this primitive little romp. Against all odds, this one really snuck on me. Stars Herman Brix and Joan Barclay who unaccountably still managed to get film roles after this one. Fuzzy Knight shows up for unneeded comedy relief.

Missing frames and a brief audio fadeout aren't much of a problem. The image quality is okay.

CAST NOTE: Herman Brix (a.k.a. Bruce Bennett) had a long and undistinguished film and television career, which didn't end until 1980. He appeared in 145 productions including two stints as Tarzan - "The New Adventure of Tarzan" and "Tarzan and the Green Goddess" - both of which are available here at IA.
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